Week of May 15 – “Firsts”May 15, 2011
First man to fly solo nonstop across the atlantic ocean – Charles Lindbergh in his plane The Spirit of St. Louis, on May 20-21, 1927
The first person to reach the North Pole was Robert Edwin Peary,who reached the pole on April 6 1909 along with his employee Matthew Henson.
Captain Matthew Webb was the first recorded person to swim the English Channel without the use of artificial aids on August 25, 1875 in less than 22 hours.
The youngest to win Olympic gold was Marjorie Gestring of the United States who, at the age of 13 years and 268 days, won the women’s three meter springboard diving event at the 1936 Games in Berlin.
In 1903, Marie Curie was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize – Nobel Laureate in Physics.
In 1851, Elizabeth Smith Miller was the first woman to wear pants which became known for the Bloomer costume, which she patterned after the Turkish trousers she saw on a visit to Europe.
Adrien Brody was 29 when he won the Best Actor Oscar for his role in The Pianist.
“First Dogs” – George Washington owned 10 hounds called Mopsey, Taster, Cloe, Tipler, Forester, Captain, Lady Rover, Vulcan, Sweetlips and Searcher.
(The author of this blog’s first dog’s name was Shivers and her husband’s dog’s name was Bruin.)